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The Kellman Wellness Center now offers ketamine IV therapy. Ketamine therapy is safe and well-tolerated, and has been shown to be extremely effective in those suffering from:
Ketamine is a well-known drug, commonly associated with its use as an anesthesia. It works by targeting a specific group of cells in your brain called NMDA receptors, which modulate our pain response. Ketamine is a NMDA receptor antagonist, which means it has the ability to block these receptors, thereby interrupting the transmission of pain signals to the brain. Ketamine, when used in low doses, is a crucial tool in addressing and eliminating chronic pain.
Ketamine therapy has also shown very promising results when it comes to treating depression, PTSD, bipolar disorder, OCD, as well as other mood disorders. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, nearly 17.3m American adults (7.1% of the population) suffer from a major depressive disorder. According to the CDC, nearly 1.9m children also suffer from depression. Nearly 50% of the people with depression also suffer from anxiety. Further, depression often co-occurs with other serious health conditions such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, substance abuse and eating disorders.
Unfortunately, even for those who seek treatment, many of the most commonly prescribed medications (i.e., SSRis) don’t work for everyone. These medications work by modulating levels of neurotransmitters, primarily serotonin, dopamine and norepinephrine. Ketamine’s ability to interact with the NDMA receptors, not only allows it to block pain signaling, but it also blocks the uptake of another neurotransmitter named glutamate, while at the same time stimulating the release of BDNF (brain-derived neurotrophic factor).
A crucial aspect of mood modulation is the ability of the neurons in various parts of the brain to remain interconnected. Stress, anxiety, trauma, as well as other things can inhibit the production of BDNF, which can lead to significant changes in the neuroanatomy of the brain. This can result in a variety of mood disorders. Boosting levels of BDNF through the use of ketamine therapy can in effect heal the brain, by restoring these broken pathways.
Numerous clinical trials have shown that treatment with ketamine can significantly reduce depression severity, including a reduction in suicidal symptoms. Unlike many of the common therapies, which can take weeks before they provide any marketed relief, some patients report feeling a change after the first treatment. Ketamine treatments are extremely beneficial at restoring a state of calmness and ultimately may decrease the need for other anti-anxiety medications and narcotic painkillers.
Studies have also shown that ketamine can reduce inflammation and improve communication with the brain, meaning that there are physical benefits for anyone, not necessarily only those dealing with chronic pain conditions, depression or other mood disorders. It is also a successful adjunct treatment to those who's weight issues are exacerbated by "stress eating" as it very effective at calming that stress signal.
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